Distinguished Professor of Family Science & Gerontology Chair
717-796-1800 ext. 2850
Families in later life; Intergenerational relationships; Mate selection; Family science pedagogy; Professional issues in family science; Bahamian family life
Family life education programming (e.g., marriage preparation and enrichment) for churches and communities
As an undergrad Behavioral Science major, I took a smattering of sociology and psychology classes, but when I enrolled in my first family science course, I knew that I had found my disciplinary niche. I absolutely love the content of the family science field, as well as the unique perspectives and skills that it offers to professionals whose aim is to enhance the well-being of individuals and their families. I actually relish the opportunity to read about topics like marriages, family relationships, interpersonal dynamics, and cross-cultural family experiences. It is also exciting to see the breadth of career opportunities available to students with an academic preparation in Human Development and Family Science. What greater calling can there be than to help people live committed and fulfilling lives within their families?
Antiquing, Walking/exercising; Writing; Spending time with my family
Married to Jeff Hamon since 1982; Have a daughter, Eliana (born in 2002)
Smith, S.R., Hamon, R.R., & Berke, D. Marriages, Families and Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.